|Headquarters||Ravarino (Modena) - Italy|
Stone Island is an Italian Designer brand from Sportswear Company (SPW) based in Bologna. The label was set up by Italian designer Massimo Osti in 1982 as a secondary line or diffusion collection of his main C.P Company label. The brand specialized in surface treatment of fabrics and dyeing techniques.
A feature of a Stone Island garment is the compass patch that buttons onto the upper sleeve of the left arm. Originally the patches were green edged, badges from around the year 2000 onwards became black edged. Also, there are the rarer 'white badges' which were originally made on certain jackets for the millennium. The white badge is now apparent on jackets that use materials that Stone Island themselves in-house. The jackets are normally odd, such as the "Liquid Reflective" jacket, that uses thousands of small shards of glass that reflect to light.
The make has been popular amongst football fan 'casuals' in England and throughout the rest of Europe. The brand can also be seen in many football hooliganism based films, such as Green Street Hooligans and The Football Factory. Stone Island, along with Ralph Lauren, is mentioned in Audio Bullys song Keep on Moving.
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